The three sons of devout Danish farmer Morten have widely disparate religious beliefs. Youngest son Anders shares his father’s religion, but eldest son Mikkel has lost his faith, while middle child Johannes has become delusional and proclaims that he is Jesus Christ himself. When Mikkel’s wife, Inger goes into a difficult childbirth, everyone’s beliefs are put to the test.
A farming family in the rugged and conservative Danish peninsula of Jutland is torn apart by faith and love. The three sons of widower Morten Borgen, a prominent member of the village’s conservative community, struggle with the faith each in their own way. One child believes he is Jesus Christ, a second proclaims himself agnostic, and a third falls in love with the daughter of a fundamentalist.
Carl Dreyer’s masterpiece about the frenzy of creed is striking in its restrained acting, the stylistic simplicity and the compelling editing. The film went on to win the Golden Lion at the 1955 Venice Film Festival.
Ordet is part of Celluloid Shrine: Films on Christianity, the Modern Classics of June.
A series of film classics about Christianity (and a little bit of faith in general), with films that didn’t dapple so much in the waters of belief, as fully doused themselves in the bliss, mercy, anguish and trials of the Christian faith.” Read more